NBA Free Agents 2012: Lakers Need to Ditch Ramon Sessions for Steve Nash
ESPN.com's Bradford Doolittle (Insider Protected) sees Nash as a perfect fit for the Lakers next year and I happen to wholeheartedly agree.
Sessions looked decent enough in the regular season after coming over from the Cleveland Cavaliers, but once the playoffs began he quickly became exposed as a fraud.
He is atrocious at defending quick guards, and don't even get me started about his lackluster efforts on the offensive side of the ball.
The Lakers have a limited window left to compete for a title. Kobe Bryant isn't getting any younger. He will turn 34 in August, and with his myriad of health problems over the last few years, it's clear he has a limited shelf life.
It's truly a shame that the team wasn't able to get Chris Paul last year, though it certainly tried.
We know that the Lakers have an enormous payroll, thus all the talk about Pau Gasol possibly getting traded this summer. That being said, they would be wise to consider bringing in Nash, even if the price tag is a bit higher than what they would pay for Sessions.
Nash isn't going to make a difference on defense, but adding him would exponentially help the Lakers on the offensive side of the ball. He is one of the best point guards in the history of the NBA at setting up his teammates for easy buckets.
He would take a ton of pressure off of Kobe by allowing him to run free without the burden of having to handle the ball in crunch time. Kobe clearly didn't trust Sessions in the playoffs, but he'd surely trust Nash to make solid decisions.
Is there any chance Nash ends up with the Lakers in 2012?
Nash would also be a huge help to Andrew Bynum. His ability to get the ball into his teammates' hands at the right time will allow Bynum to become much more decisive in the paint. Too often this year, we saw Bynum receiving the ball outside of the paint after he'd been waiting to receive the ball and had to move or suffer a three-second penalty.
Timing and precision are what the Lakers need on offense, and Nash brings those qualities in spades. Sessions is a mediocre point guard, at best. They need someone who can run the offense with authority.
One more note: Nash and Bryant look to have about the same amount of gas left in their tanks, and pooling their efforts for the next two or three years will produce as fine a vintage as we've seen in a while.
Sessions needs to go. Nash needs to arrive.
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